Perspectives on Contemporary Issues

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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PERSPECTIVES on CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, 6th Edition, approaches learning as the interconnectedness of ideas and disciplinary perspectives. This cross-disciplinary reader encourages critical thinking and academic writing by presenting students with a variety of perspectives on current issues across the curriculum. Contemporary issues engage students, while the thematically grouped readings provide thought-provoking material for in-class discussion and writing topics.

Table of Contents

Writing Critically and Conducting Research
Reading Critically
Reading Critically in Preparation for Writing Critically
Illustration: Reading Critically
What's in a Name?
More than You Think
Discussion of "What's in a Name?
More than You Think" Rhetorical Analysis of Visuals
Rhetorical Analysis of Websites
The Writing Process
Writing the First Draft
Revising and Editing Your Paper
Student Essay
Writing a Summary
Writing a Summary
Illustration: Making Marginal Notes and Summarizing
"The Moon We Left Behind,"
Writing a Critique
The Connection between Reading Critically and Writing a Critique
Writing a Critique
The Hollow Curriculum
Student Essay
Writing an Arguement
Narrowing Your Focus and Discovering Your Position
Structuring an Argument
Strategies for Arguing Effectively
Student Essay
Synthesizing Material and Documenting Sources
Using MLA Style Writing a Synthesis
In-text Citations Using MLA Style
Integrating Source Material into Your Paper
Using Ellipsis Points, Brackets, Single Quotation Marks and "Qtd. in." Documenting Sources in a Collection of Essays
Writing a Research Paper
Defining Your Purpose
Discovering a Topic
Forming a Preliminary Thesis and a Working Bibliography
Using the Library
Using Electronic Sources
Using Other Sources
Creating a Preliminary Bibliography
Evaluating Print Sources
Evaluating Internet Sources
Illustration: Seeking Promising Websites Taking Notes
Avoiding Plagiarism
Illustration: Plagiarism, Inaccurate Documentation, and Correct Handling of Source Material
Documenting Sources
Parenthetical Documentation: Citing Sources in the Text
Creating a Works Cited Page Using MLA Style
Assembling the Parts of a Research Paper
Student Research Paper Using MLA Style
Writing a Research Paper Using APA Style
Parenthetical Citations Using APA Style
APA Style References List Sample Pages from Student Research Paper Using APA Style
A Student Paper Using PA Style
Media Studies, Popular Culture, and the Arts
Music and Video Games
Art Form for the Digital Age
Do Video Games Kill?
In Defense of Hip-Hop
Hip-Hop's Betrayal of Black Women
Media Studies
Aggression: The Impact of Media Violence
Violent Media is Good for Kids
The End of Admiration: The Media and the Loss of Heroes
The Wrong Lesson: Teaching College Reporters to be Meek
Film and Television
Stop Blaming Kids and TV
Getting Real with Reality TV
Creating Reel Change
Girls Just Wanna Have Fangs
The Arts
Solitude and the Fortresses of Youth
Comix Poetics
Dance, Dance Revolution
How Song, Dance and Movies Bailed Us Out of the Depression
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Censorship: A Personal View
Critical Thinking?
You Need Knowledge
Except from "Why School?: A Student in a Community College Basic Skills Program,"
No Time to Read?
Poverty and Homelessness
Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids
Homeless, Mike Dick was 51, Looked 66
Too Poor to Make the News
The Singer Solution to World Poverty
Gender and Sex Roles
The Puzzle of Boys
Who Does the Talking Here?
A Sporting Chance: Title IX and the Seismic Shift in Women's Sports
Sacred Rite or Civil Right?
Race and Ethnicity in America
One Nation, Indivisible: Is It History?
Imagining the Immigrant: Why Legality Must Give Way to Humanity
Play the Race Card
Race in America: We Would Like to Believe We Are Over the Problem+cMaryann Cusimano Love
American Foreign Policy
American Idealism and Realpolitik
Still Not Tired
Lessons from World War II
Now Showing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Americans
Science and Technology
Digital Technology and the Internet
I Need My Space!
The Most Important Moment of All Time?
Grant Calder
Social Connection
Chips: High Tech Aids or Tracking Tools?
Todd Lewan
About That New Jersey Organ Scandal
Women Sell Their Eggs, So Why Not a Kidney?
Deborah Kotz
Patenting Life
Bioethics and Stem Cell Research Debate
Public Health
HPV Vaccine Texas Tyranny
The HPV Debate Needs an Injection of Reality
Global Public Goods and Health
What the Rest of Africa Could Learn about AIDS
Environmental Studies
Humboldt's Legacy and the Restoration of Science
Get Up! Stand Up!
The Sixth Extinction
Accounting 101 for the 21st Century: A Liberal Arts Education in Carbon
Business and Economics
Marketing and the American Consumer
Every Nook and Cranny: The Dangerous Spread of Commercialized Culture
Marketing in the Millennials
Stuff is Not Salvation
Shopping and Other Spiritual Adventures in Americdan Today
The Workplace
You've Been Mommified
The Full-Time Blues
Temporary Workers and the 21st Century Economy
Oh, Brother
American Business in the Global Marketplace
In Defense of Sweatshops
The Wal-Mart You Don't Know
30 Little Turtles
Dominant Elsewhere, Google Struggles in China
Glossary of Terms
Formatting Guidelines for Course Papers
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